If this year had a theme then it would be travel although there is still a fair amount of sedimentary living done in between. I haven’t really documented my travels in writing other than the lazy snippets I publish on Instagram but I shall attempt to, here, with more (I hope) exciting photographs and sufficient dosage of narrative.

After much dreaming and an ironically minimal amount of planning I packed my bags and flew to one of my favourite cities in the world- Sydney, Australia. It was really a bizarre chain of incidents that led me to this adventure. I’ve only dreamed of visiting Sydney since my teenage years but nothing really happened beyond my daydreaming and talking/singing about the city for years. I had Cambodia initially planned for October/November but an old friend’s question about Sydney gave me that final push to just go and make it happen. And I did!

As I mentioned, after much dreaming and an ironically minimal amount of planning, and armed with my trusted-all-time-favourite DK Eyewitness Travel guide, I flew out to Sydney.

The night flight from Kuala Lumpur meant that I’ll arrive early morning in Sydney. After a short rendezvous with our friends at the airport we headed out into the city for a long, aimless, albeit exhilarating, walk through the city (I think my Fitbit clocked in about 20+km by end of that day, yay!).

After a swift check-in at our accommodation, we meandered through the city, hopped from park to park and ended our excursion with a stroll along the Sydney Harbour on to the Circular Quay before our late dinner on George Street.

White cockatoos strewn all over the city. One of the birds that characterise Australia and definitely our favourite.
The boys.
One of many Jacarandas we love so much. Easily one of our favourite Australian trees.
Downtown Sydney, just off Pitt Street.
Grabbed a sandwich and went for a picnic at Hyde Park. At this point it was so bright and sunny the boys debated whether they should risk exposing themselves to the strong Australian UVs, lol!
Captain Cook statue standing at the edge of Hyde Park.
It was beginning of spring in Australia. Amazing weather saw many weddings like here or in the parks.
Another one of our favourite trees, the Eucalyptus.


Dusk looming over this magical city.
The onset of the Royal Botanic Garden which incidentally celebrated its 200th anniversary this year.


The pinnacle view from the Botanic Garden.
Sydney Opera House.
The man who made (and makes) my dreams come true :’-)
Circular Quay.
The amazing, buzzing Rocks at night.

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